Objective 1: To provide academic opportunities to faculty and students in areas of social justice teaching, learning, and serving.
The SJI will provide several academic opportunities for both faculty and students. The SJI will offer faculty development opportunities for faculty involving course development, service learning and social justice training. Likewise, the students will have the opportunity to participate in service learning, internships, and social justice related training. Additionally, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to interact with visiting professors/ practitioners from various academic backgrounds.
Objective2: To serve as an intellectual think tank by hosting campus, local, and national conferences on salient social justice problems facing society.
The SJI will initiate and partner with other organizations to hold conferences aimed at bringing awareness and developing critical consciousness on campus and the Little Rock community. The SJI understands that any effort at developing a campus culture devoted to social justice must actively be thinking and planning about how to best address and confront theses problems. These conferences will provide vehicle for scholars, students, faculty, and community members to come together and strategically plan on how to eradicate injustice.
Objective 3: To conduct and provide research opportunities for faculty and students on social justice issues in the African American community.
As the premier HBCU in Arkansas, we believe that we should be at the forefront for addressing and researching social justice issues specific to the African American community. Therefore, the SJI is committed to conducting major research projects on social justice problems by collaborating with non-profit and foundations that focus on the African American community. Additionally, we will create research opportunities for student and faculty members involving other social justice related issues also.
Objective 4: To serve as an advocate by championing social justice issues by collaborating with individuals and organizations.
The SJI is committed to becoming advocate for marginalized groups who have experienced injustice by supporting them thorough direct or indirect action. The SJI believes that at the core of social justice is the need to protect, defend, and respond for those groups who ordinarily cannot do so for themselves. The SJI will coalesce with other organizations and individuals by lending morale, intellectual and scholarly support.